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Three West Coast Conference Baseball Student-Athletes Named to Golden Spikes Award Mid-Season Watch List

April 10, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Three West Coast Conference baseball student-athletes appear on the 2014 Golden Spikes Award Mid-Season watch list as announced today by USA Baseball. Two members of Pepperdine's starting rotation - junior lefthander Aaron Brown and senior righthander Corey Miller and San Francisco All-American junior outfielder Bradley Zimmer made the updated roster. 

The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 27 -- when the semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17. 

Twenty-three new players were added to the list since its initial release on February 14, joining 27 others from the preseason watch list. The Southeastern Conference led all conferences in watch list players, placing nine on the midseason update, while 17 different NCAA conferences had at least one athlete on the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference had six athletes on the list.

Pepperdine joined eight programs - Cal State Fullerton, Florida State, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Louisiana State, Oregon State and Virginia - placing two athletes on the mid-season watch list. 

Brown and Miller have been stalwarts in the Waves rotation this season, with each leading the team and WCC with 6-1 records. Brown is tops in the WCC with 58 strikeouts on the year and Miller sits second in the conference with 55 K's.  They lead a staff that has a league leading and eighth in the NCAA 1.04 WHIP.

Holding down the No. 1 spot in the Waves' rotation, Miller leads the way with a 1.16 ERA that is the best in the WCC, as well as a league-leading 6.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. On the year Miller has walked just nine batters and since the start of conference play (four starts) he has given up just two earned runs. The senior right-hander has gone eight or more innings in five of his eight starts, including a pair of complete-game shutouts.

Brown has also been a star on the field and at the plate this season for the Waves. Having already been featured in a GSA Spotlight for his two-way talents, Brown is hitting .336 at the plate, with a team-leading 24 RBI and four homers. Playing in centerfield on days he does not start, Brown has a .544 slugging percentage and has also stolen three bases. On the mound the junior lefty owns a 2.45 ERA to go along with his WCC-best 6.14 hits allowed per nine innings. He is one of just two pitchers in the country to hit a homer on the same day he records a win in multiple game.

The two veteran leaders have been instrumental in the Waves' solid first half of the year, leading Pepperdine to a 25-7 record with a national ranking of No. 24 and a No. 30 ranking in the NCAA RPI ratings. 

Zimmer is hitting .430 (fourth in the nation) with seven home runs (26th), an on-base percentage of .497 (21st), 43 runs scored (43rd) and 14 stolen bases (35th). He is the only player in the nation to be in the top 50 of all five categories. 

Zimmer enters the weekend on a 19-game hitting streak, dating back to Mar. 8 and has 12 multi-hit games during that stretch. 

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8. USA Baseball will then release the semifinalists on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total. 

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2014. Tuesday, May 27, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names. 

Last year, University of San Diego's infielder, Kris Bryant, took home the prestigious award, joining a group of recent winners that includes Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Buster Posey (2008). 

Other past winners of the Golden Spikes Award include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Jim Abbott (1987), Robin Ventura (1988), Ben McDonald (1989), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007). 

FROM - USABaseball.com, PepperdineSports.com and USFDons.com